Referee banned by FA after rock, paper, scissors blunder

LONDON (Reuters) - Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women's Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday.

Celta coach red-faced after mixing up new club with rivals

MADRID (Reuters) - Celta Vigo coach Miguel Cardoso got off to an embarrassing start at the struggling Liga club after mistakenly declaring he was taking over at their fierce local rivals Deportivo La Coruna.

Real Madrid appoint Solari as coach until 2021

MADRID (Reuters) - European champions Real Madrid have handed Santiago Solari a contract as first-team coach through to June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.

Discovery's Susanna Dinnage named Premier League chief executive

(Reuters) - Susanna Dinnage, a senior executive at media organisation Discovery, has been appointed chief executive of the Premier League, replacing Richard Scudamore, the top flight of English soccer announced on Tuesday.

Rooney savours England comeback despite criticism

(Reuters) - Former England captain Wayne Rooney hopes the country will embrace a culture of honouring its players in the near-future as he shrugged off criticism on Tuesday of his farewell international appearance against the United States.

Players union says survival of smaller clubs and leagues at risk

ZURICH (Reuters) - Global footballers' union FIFPro has warned that the survival of smaller clubs and leagues is at risk, potentially affecting thousands of jobs, due to the increased concentration of wealth in the sport.

FAM: Errant clubs must settle their dues or face the music

PETALING JAYA: Wage woes continue to plague the M-League as five teams have been ordered by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) status committee to settle a total of more than RM2.6mil in arrears to their former players and officials.

Norshahrul: I can still get better

PETALING JAYA: Striker Nor­shahrul Idlan Talaha is not going to let the limelight over his rediscovered goalscoring prowess weigh him down.

Rejuvenated: Malaysia’s Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (right) vying for the ball in the AFF Suzuki Cup Group A match against Laos at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Monday.

Cheng Hoe urges his men to perform better against Vietnam

PETALING JAYA: National football coach Tan Cheng Hoe wants a better performance from his side despite chalking up their second win in their AFF Suzuki Cup campaign.

Too fast for you: Malaysia’s Muhammad Zaquan Adha Abdul Razak (right) trying to dribble past Laos’ Chanthaphone Waenvongost (left) and Kaharn Phetsivilay during their AFF Suzuki Cup Group A match at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Monday. — AZHAR MAHFOF / The Star

Notts County sack former Australia international Kewell after poor run

(Reuters) - Notts County have sacked manager Harry Kewell after less than three months since appointing the former Leeds United and Liverpool player, the English League Two club announced on Tuesday.